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Red Dead Redemption 2, God Of War Big Winners at The Game Awards 2018

It is that time of year again! The time where we shamelessly parade games in front of us to give them a thumbs up or down. In all seriousness, video games are a growing medium that deserve recognition in an entertainment industry with awards shows like the Oscars and Grammys. Geoff Keighley, previously of G4 Tv, created The Game Awards in 2014 in order to rectify this problem.

This years slate featured a bunch of heavy hitters such as Red Dead Redemption 2, God Of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and more. There have been very few years like this where everything nominated truly deserved to walk away with hardware. But something has to give, and here is your list of winners for the 2018 Game Awards!

GAME OF THE YEAR

– Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

– Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

– God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE) *WINNER*

– Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

– Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

– Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Carrying home Game of the Year like…

 

BEST ONGOING GAME

– Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)

– Fortnite (Epic Games) *WINNER*

– No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

– Overwatch (Blizzard)

– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

BEST GAME DIRECTION

– A Way Out (Hazelight Studios / EA)

– Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)

– God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE) *WINNER*

– Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

– Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

BEST NARRATIVE

– Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)

– God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

– Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

– Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

– Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games) *WINNER*

BEST ART DIRECTION

– Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

– God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

– Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)

– Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

– Return of Obra Dinn (3909 LLC) *WINNER*

BEST SCORE/MUSIC

– Celeste (Lena Raine)

– God of War (Bear McCreary)

– Marvel’s Spider-Man (John Paesano)

– Ni No Kuni II (Joe Hisaishi)

– Octopath Traveler (Yasunori Nishiki)

– Red Dead Redemption 2 (Woody Jackson) *WINNER*

BEST AUDIO DESIGN

– Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch Studios / Activision)

– Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)

– God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

– Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

– Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games) *WINNER*

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 rode away with plenty at The Game Awards.

BEST PERFORMANCE

– Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human

– Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War

– Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

– Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2 *WINNER*

– Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

GAMES FOR IMPACT

– 11-11 Memories Retold (Digixart / Aardman Animations / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

– Celeste (Matt Makes Games) *WINNER*

– Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)

– Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

– The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories (White Owls / Arc System Works)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

– Celeste (Matt Makes Games) *WINNER*

– Dead Cells (Motion Twin)

– Into the Breach (Subset Games)

– Return of the Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)

– The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)

BEST DEBUT INDIE GAME

– Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)

– Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)

– Moss (Polyarc Games)

– The Messenger (Sabotage Studio) *WINNER*

– Yoku’s Island Express (Villa Gorilla)

BEST MOBILE GAME

– Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)

– Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive) *WINNER*

– Fortnite (Epic Games)

– PUBG MOBILE (Lightspeed & Quantum / Tencent Games)

– Reigns: Game of Thrones (Nerial / Developer Digital)

BEST VR/AR GAME

– ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / SIE) *WINNER*

– Beat Saber (Beat Games)

– Firewall Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / SIE)

– Moss (Polyarc Games)

– Tetris Effect (Resonair / Enhance, Inc)

BEST ACTION GAME

– Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)

– Dead Cells (Motion Twin) *WINNER*

– Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)

– Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

– Mega Man 11 (Capcom)

I may be a bit biased with my feelings on Marvel’s Spider-Man given my time spent with it.

EBEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME

– Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

– God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE) *WINNER*

– Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

– Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

– Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal / Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix)

BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAME

– Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix / Square Enix)

– Monster Hunter: World (Capcom) *WINNER*

-Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Level 5 / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

– Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)

– Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Obsidian Entertainment / Versus Evil)

BEST FIGHTING

– BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works)

– Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) *WINNER*

– Soul Calibur VI (Bandai Namco Studios / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

– Street Fighter V Arcade (Dimps / Capcom)

BEST FAMILY GAME

– Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)

– Nintendo Labo (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

– Overcooked 2 (Ghost Town Games / Team 17) *WINNER*

– Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)

– Super Mario Party (NDCube / Nintendo)

BEST STRATEGY GAME

– BATTLETECH (Harebrained Schemes / Paradox Interactive

– Frostpunk (11 bit studios)

– Into the Breach (Subset Games) *WINNER*

– The Banner Saga 3 (Stoic Studio / Versus Evil)

– Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega CS3 / Sega)

BEST SPORTS/RACING

– FIFA 19 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)

– Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios) *WINNER*

– Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)

– NBA 2K19 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)

– Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES Productions / Konami)

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME

– Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)

– Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)

– Fortnite (Epic Games) *WINNER*

– Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

CONTENT CREATOR/STREAMER OF THE YEAR

– Ninja *WINNER*

– Pokimane

– Dr. Lupo

– Myth

– Willyrex

BEST ESPORTS PLAYER

– Dominique “Sonic Fox” McLean *WINNER*

– Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi

– Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev

– Sung-Hyeon “Jjonak” Bang

BEST ESPORTS TEAM

– Astralis

– Cloud9 *WINNER*

– Fnatic

– London Spitfire

– OG

BEST ESPORTS GAME

– CS:GO

– DOTA 2

-Fortnite

-League of Legends

– Overwatch *WINNER*

BEST ESPORTS EVENT

– Eleague Major: Boston 2018

– EVO 2018

– League of Legends World Championship *WINNER*

– Overwatch League Grand Finals

– The International 2018

BEST ESPORTS HOST

– Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez

– Alex “Machine” Richardson

– Anders Blume

– Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere *WINNER*

– Paul “Redeye” Chaloner

BEST ESPORTS COACH

– Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu *WINNER*

– Cristian “ppasarel” Bănăseanu

– Danny “zonic” Sørensen

– Dylan Falco

– Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi

– Janko “YNk” Paunovic

BEST ESPORTS MOMENT

– C9 Comeback Win In Triple OT vs FAZE (WINNER)

– G2 Beating RNG

– KT vs IG Base Race

-OG’s Massive Upset of LGD

– SonicFox Side Switch Against Go1 in DBZ

 

Some quick thoughts on the winners! Red Dead Redemption 2 may have won the most awards with four, but it did not grab the most coveted hardware. That went to God Of War, who totaled three wins. Dead Cells also surprised with Best Action Game against tough competition.

I was very disappointed to see the voters shy away from giving Marvel’s Spider-Man any awards. While it may not have deserved Game Of The Year, I thought Yuri Lowenthal absolutely should have gotten Best Performance. That man put his heart and soul into the role, and he is exactly what I will now expect from whoever plays Spider-Man in a video game.

What did you think of The Game Awards? Did your favorite games win? Tell us about it in the comments section!